2022 Scribe Award Nominees

The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers announced the 2022 Scribe Award nominees on June 18.

The IAMTW’s Scribe Awards honor licensed works that tie in with other media such as television, movies, gaming, or comic books.

The winners will be announced at the award ceremony at San Diego Comic-Con on July 22.


  • Alien 3 by Pat Cadigan
  • Freshwater by Julian Michael Carver
  • Halloween Kills by Tim Waggoner


  • Doctor Who: Girl Deconstructed by Lisa McMullin
  • Doctor Who: The Lost Resort by A. K. Benedict
  • Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor Adventures – The Curse of Lady Macbeth by Lizzie Hopley
  • Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor Adventures – Monsters in Metropolis by John Dorney
  • Doctor Who: Peladon – The Truth of Peladon by Tim Foley
  • Doctor Who: The Third Doctor Adventures – The Annihilators by Nicholas Briggs                       


Life is Strange: Coming Home by Emma Vieceli
Missy: The Master Plan: A Doctor Who Comic Graphic Novel by Jody Houser
Star Wars Darth Vader Vol 2: Into the Fire by Greg Pak


  • Murder She Wrote — Deboniar in Death by Terrie Farley Moran
  • Pandemic — Patient Zero by Amanda Bridgeman
  • Shootout at Sugar Creek by Max Allan Collins


  • Marvel — Witches Unleashed by Carrie Harris
  • Marvel – Rebels of Vanaheim by Richard Lee Byers
  • Star Trek Coda Book III — Oblivion’s Gate by David Mack
  • Star Trek Picard — Rogue Elements by John Jackson Miller
  • To Chart the Clouds by Evan Harker


  • Battletech – Crimson Night by Jennifer Brozek
  • The Bear King by Steve Saville
  • The Flash: Crossover Crisis Book Three — The Legends of Forever by Barry Lyga
  • Jessie Files: Friendship Feature by Stacia Deutsch
  • Roman Holiday by E. C. Myers
  • Xavier’s Institute: First Team by Robbie MacNiven


  • Arkham Horror The Devourer Below: “All My Friends Are Monsters” by Davide Mana
  • Black Panther: Tales of Wakanda – “Bon Temps” by Harlan James
  • School of X: “Kid Omega Faces the Music” by Neil Kleid
  • Voices of Varuna: “Distress Signals” by Jean Rabe
  • Voices of Varuna: “Stepping Stones” by Marsheila Rockwell

FAUST AWARD: The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers also announced the Faust Award for lifetime achievement is being presented to the IAMTW’s 2022 Grandmaster David Mack

Nancy Holder Wins Faust Award

Nancy Holder

The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers has named Grandmaster Nancy Holder the winner of its 2019 Faust Award.  

Not many women get to play in over ten different universes, let alone create several of their own. Yet that is exactly what Nancy Holder makes look so very—and deceptively—easy to her myriad and devoted fans.

Every year, the International Association of Media Tie-In writers selects a grandmaster of tie-in writing to receive the Faust, IAMTW’s lifetime achievement award.

Holder’s tie-in work runs the gamut from Firefly to Saving Grace. She’s written Angel in the Buffyverse, and Zorro in the seventeenth century. She novelized the Wonder Woman, Crimson Peak, and Ghostbusters movies, and wrote about a Feline Felon, and a pup in Wishbone. Above and beyond her media work, she’s co-created the YA series Wicked and Crusade.

Of the Bram Stoker award-winning and NYT bestselling author, IAMTW president Jonathan Maberry says, “Nancy is not only a superb writer and a smart businesswoman, but also a kind and compassionate member of the writing community.”

2013 Scribe Awards

The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers announced the winners of the 2013 Scribe Awards, honoring excellence in licensed tie-in writing, on July 19 at Comic-Con.

Original Novel

  • Tannhäuser: Rising Sun, Falling Shadows, Robert T. Jeschonek (Fantasy Flight Games)

Adapted Novel

  • Clockwork Angels, Kevin J. Anderson (ECW)


  • Dark Shadows: The Eternal Actress, Nev Fountain (Big Finish)

A. C. Crispin received the IAMTW’s Grandmaster Award and wrote in her acceptance remarks —

When I heard the name of the IAMTW’s Grandmaster Award, it struck me as ironic that it’s officially the “Faust Award.” I know this title refers to Frederick Faust, who wrote as Max Brand, but to those of us who work in media universes, it sometimes comes down to making a deal with the devil, doesn’t it? Some members of the writing profession look down on those who take on media tie-in projects as having sold out, or assume they’re lazy and can’t do the work to create “real” fiction. Those of us here all know, of course, that nothing could be further from the truth. It is every bit as challenging to write a good tie-in story as it is a good original novel. When you throw in tight deadlines, unreasonable and clueless studio minions, and the rules of story canon, it can be even more difficult than writing an original book.

But a good story is a good story, no matter what universe it is written in.

My dear friend Andre Norton once listened to me complaining about how tie-in writers aren’t respected the way they should be, and remarked, “Being a storyteller is one of the oldest and most valued professions. Without stories to lift us out of life’s problems and doldrums, where would we be? Be proud of what you do.”

Andre was a very wise lady, and her words stuck with me over the years.

Crispin’s full acceptance speech appears on her blog.

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